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Welcome to the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association


Welcome to the new website for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. Our mission is to "Ease the Burden, To Find A Cure" for the people with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers in Connecticut. Our goal is to provide education, support and socialization. Along with educational information found on our website will hold many event, both educational and social during the year and we hope there is something for everyone.

Please feel free to call: 860.248.9200 with any questions that maybe of concern to you.

American Parkinson Disease Association- Connecticut ChapterYou may email us at: MThibodeau@outlook.com

Our mailing address is:

American Parkinson Disease Association

Connecticut Chapter

PO Box 718

Old Mystic, CT 06372

 

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2nd Annual Westport Optimism Walk for Parkinson's on October 10th !!


The American Parkinson Disease Association Connecticut Chapter 

in Honor of Bahman Jabbari, MD

Welcomes you to the 2nd Annual Westport Optimism Walk for Parkinson's Disease

Each year, the Connecticut Chapter of the APDA will hold this event to help raise money to support scientific research into the cause and cure of Parkinson's disease and to support families living with this disease. Whether you are able to join us, sponsor us, or support a beautiful event, we thank you for your participation. The event is a 1.5 Mile Walk, however walkers can walk any part of this or choose to enjoy the beautiful day and the many other activities.

Registration will begin at 10 am on Saturday, October 10th at Sherwood Island, Sherwood Island Connector in Westport, CT. Come out for a fun-filled, family day and make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson's disease! The day will include refreshments, raffles, and so much more!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!!   http://apdaparkinson.donordrive.com/event/2015CTWestport/

To learn more......

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September 2nd- APDA Support Group Leader Conference At Atria Hamilton Heights in West Hartford


The Connecticut Chapter of APDA is holding our first "Support Group Leader Conference" on Wednesday, September 2nd for all our current support group leaders throughout Connecticut. This facilitator educational event will share information on APDA"s mission, on new trends in treatment and we will spend time sharing "Best Practice" experience with our leaders. If you currently facilitate an APDA support group, you are cordially invited to this free event.  If you are someone who would like become an APDA support group leader in the future, please call  Mary Ellen at 860-248-9200 for more information. We would like to thank our friends at Atria Hamilton Height for hosting this event and providing a wonderful meeting space and luncheon.  

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September 9th- Parkinson's Excercise Program begins at Atria Hamilton Heights West Hartford


Beginning Tuesday, September 9th, Atria Hamilton Heights will be providing a Parkinson's exercise program for our members. Classes will be held every second and fourth Wednesday each month from 2-3pm facilitated by everyones favorite exercise leader, Mary!  The West Hartford Support Group follows the 2nd Tuesdays class at 3:30PM. Come for exercise...stay for our great support group! For more information about the exercise classes please call Atria at  (860) 787-5009 and for information about this support group please call Pam at 860-920-1810.


September 9th - CT APDA Chapter Board Meeting


The next meeting of the American Parkinson Disease Association Connecticut Chapter will be on on Wednesday, September 9th at 5:30 pm.  We meet at Atria Hamilton Heights in West Hartford the second Wednesday each month.  This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.

Please call 860-248-9200 to let us know if you plan to attend, as the room can be changed to accommodate an increased attendance.

 

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September 15th- The Bridgeport Support Group is MOVING to Shelton!!


Beginning on Tuesday, September 15th the Bridgeport Parkinson's Support Group and their leader Marlane Arginas are moving to Shelton and joining with the new Shelton Support Group. This group will continue to meet the third Tuesday each month at 3pm at  Benchmark at Split Rock, 708A Bridgeport Ave Shelton. This new group will have two fabulous leaders both Marlane and Theresa!  Please feel free to check out the attached flyer. Please call Mary Ellen if you have any questions at 860-248-9200

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September 17th - Jon Palfreman, PhD -Book signing atThe Concord Bookshop


Please join us on Thursday, September 17 at 7pm when Lexington resident Jon Palfreman discusses his new book, Brain Storms.

Jon Palfreman, PhD, is the KEZI Distinguished Professor of Broadcast Journalism at the University of Oregon. He is an Emmy, Dupont, and Peabody Award–winning journalist, and the recipient of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing. He is a three-time winner of an AAAS Science Journalism Award and a three-time winner of the NASW Science in Society Journalism Award. Palfreman is the author of The Case of the Frozen Addicts and The Dream Machine. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Event date:
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address:
The Concord Bookshop
65 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742

"Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson's Disease"

A star science journalist with Parkinson's reveals the inner workings of this perplexing disease

Seven million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson's - with sixty thousand new cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone.........

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2nd Annual Waterford Optimism Walk for Parkinson's Disease


THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED MAKE THIS WALK SUCH A SUCCESS!!

The American Parkinson Disease Association Connecticut Chapter

Welcomes you to the 2nd Annual Waterford Optimism Walk for Parkinson's Disease

in Memory of Dr. Albert Weissman

Presenting Sponsor

Each year, the Connecticut Chapter of the APDA will hold this event to help raise money to support scientific research into the cause and cure of Parkinson's disease and to support families living with this disease. Whether you are able to join us, sponsor us, or support a beautiful event, we thank you for your participation. The event is a 1.5 Mile Walk, however walkers can walk any part of this or choose to enjoy the beautiful day and the many other activities.

Registration will begin at 10 am on Saturday, July 18th at Camp Harness, 301 Great Neck Rd in Waterford, CT. Come out for a fun-filled, family day and make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson's disease! The day will include a Full Picnic, Children's Games, Raffles, and so much more!

Check out how our teams did:    http://apdaparkinson.donordrive.com/event/2015WaterfordWalk/


Support Group Summer Schedule


Some of our support groups...have taken some time off for the summer. While others will continue through the summer.

Please call the support group leaders to confirm meeting times and places! That information can be found.....

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Summer is Here! Remember to have your yearly skin check!


Summer is here and it is time to remind all our CT APDA members to have a yearly skin check and always reach for the sun screen! People with Parkinson's are at higher risk for Malignant Melanoma. Click through to learn the ABC's of Melanoma and read more about Melanoma .....

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Dance class for Parkinson's in Guilford


 VNA Community Healthcare Wellness Center hosts a dance class for Parkinson's disease at their offices at 753 Boston Post Road.  The class is held on Mondays 10:45 AM – 12:00.  There is no charge for the class as it is sponsored by Rehab Concepts.  To register for the class, please call (203) 458-4351

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Time to Dance! Dance for PD at three locations in CT!


Dance for PD is a wonderful program exploring movement and helping Parkinson's families connect with others in a creative and joyful experience.  Classes are held on Mondays from 1:30-2:45 pm at the Middletown Senior Center. On every other Tuesday from 1:30-2:45pm at the First Presbyterian Church, New Haven (call for date and time confirmation) and Wednesdays from 10:30 -11:45 am at Connecticut College, Crozier-Williams Building 2nd floor studio, New London, CT.  Classes are free to anyone with Parkinson's and his/her caregiver or partner. This program is sponsored by: Neighborhood Music School.  For more information....

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Current Research Opportunities


Many members of CT APDA have participated or are currently participating in research studies at varies sites. We will now maintain a list of ongoing research studies that are available for those who are interested. As researchers make us aware of new studies they will be added to our website. For additional information about participation.....

NEW! Parkinson's Cognition Study in New London!

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New Book-Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior, Second Edition


Dr Joseph H. Friedman's new book is now available.

"Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior, Second Edition"

The only complete and up-to-date book addressing the most common behavioral symptoms of Parkinson's Disease (PD), including depression, anxiety, hallucinations, disrupted sleep, and compulsive behavior. When people think about PD....

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New Book on DBS!


In past years some of you may have met Dr Kelvin Chou as he lectured at Symposiums in New England. He left Rhode Island a few years ago but clearly has been very busy. He has published a complete guide to Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. Co-Authors include: Dr Patag Patel and Susan Grube, RN

The official title is:Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery: A New Life for People with Parkinson's, Dystonia and Essential Tremor

Many people who have had DBS have given this book a great review and recommend it to those considering DBS for their Parkinson's.  To learn more....

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"Welcome to Our World" by Pamela Quinn


Please enjoy this  award winning video created by a dancer/teacher Pamela Quinn who has Parkinson's and teaches a class in Brooklyn. It's a wonderful film and our own dance instructor Rachel Balaban  thought you would be interested in seeing it.

 http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DjhxtqwHO9Tg%26feature%3Dplayer_profilepage&h=2bac8

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Living with Parkinson's Disease - Educational Video


It is with great pleasure that we can now bring you a wonderful video directed, filmed and edited by Evan Krueger. "Living with Parkinson's Disease" is a labor of love given  to the Parkinson's community by Evan, Dr Joseph Friedman, and Dr Janet Grace.  They were helped by many members of the Parkinson's community both medical professionals and patients alike.

To watch the 30 minute video clink on the link below:

Living with Parkinson's disease  

 http://vimeo.com/14337321

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Donations of Goods and Services


The Connecticut Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is a non-profit 503 (c).

Before you purchase a large item such as a walker or wheelchair please give us a call. We may have someone who is willing to donate such an item directly to you.

Call our office at 860-248-9200 and we will put you in touch with the families who are donating.

Contributions of goods and services are just as valuable as a monetary donation. They save on costs which allows the  APDA Connecticut Chapter to operate efficiently and use the maximum amount of funds toward our mission to "Ease the Burden, To Find a Cure". Please contact us if you would like more information about contributing goods and/or services to the CT Chapter APDA.  860-248-9200.

Items needed:  Office supplies (paper, envelopes, ink) and a  laptop computer.

For more information about items that are needed or available...

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CT APDA has a Facebook Group


Yes!! Connecticut APDA has it's own group on Facebook. Use this social networking site to meet others in CT and across the country who have or care about someone with Parkinson's disease. To learn more...

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Follow CT APDA on Twitter


The APDA Connecticut Chapter is now on Twitter! Follow us @CTAPDA

We will use Twitter to promote our chapter, support groups, educational and social events to our community. 


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